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Horace Cable Waldorf

February 21, 1921 September 6, 2007
Horace Cable Waldorf
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Obituary for Horace Cable Waldorf

Horace Cable “Kaye” Waldorf, 86, of Vinton, passed away Thursday, September 6, 2007, at Virginia Gay Nursing and Rehab in Vinton.    Memorial visitation will be held 4 to 8 PM Tuesday, September 11, 2007, at Russell Funeral Home in Vinton. Inurnment will be held 10 AM Wednesday, September 12, 2007, at Evergreen Cemetery in Vinton with military rites by George G. Luckey American Legion Post 57 of Vinton. Following the committal service at the cemetery, a memorial service will be held at 11 AM Wednesday at Vinton Presbyterian Church with The Reverend Ron Sumption and Rev. Dr. Richard Skelley officiating.    Cable was born February 21, 1921, in Hudson, South Dakota, the son of Horace S. and Florence Ethel Cable Waldorf. In 1938, Cable graduated from Vinton High School where he held the high jump record for many years.    On January 1, 1942, he married Harleen Harper at her parents’ home in rural Vinton.    Cable managed the Palace Theatre before he became a B-17 pilot in World War II. On his 25th mission, he was shot down over Germany and held as a prisoner of war for 9 months. After the war, he farmed north of Vinton and became a partner in a seed corn business, Harper’s Hardy Hybrids.    He was a member of the Urbana American Legion and served on the Benton County Draft Board. Cable was President of both the Benton County Farm Bureau and Iowa Crop Improvement Association. He enjoyed traveling to nearby states as an after-dinner speaker.    Cable was a member of the Vinton Presbyterian Church where he served as an Elder, Sunday School Superintendent and teacher.    In 1968, the family moved to Hawaii where he managed Hawaiian Research LTD., which did custom work for seed researchers in private seed companies, universities and foreign countries.    In the 35 years Cable lived in Hawaii, he was active in Lions Club, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Soil Conservation Board and President of the Hawaii Crop Improvement Association. He served as moderator or Deacon in UCC churches where he was a member in Kauai, the Big Island and Molokai.    Suffering from Parkinson’s disease and in need of more medical care, he and Harleen returned to Vinton in 2003.     Cable is survived by his wife, Harleen Harper Waldorf; one son, John Mark (Darlene) Waldorf of Iowa; five daughters, Ann (Dennis) Williams of Minnesota, Diana Baker of Washington, Beth (Ron) Maifeld of Kansas, Jane (Voss) Fernandes of New York, and Caroline (Robert) Isbell of Washington; one brother, Neil Waldorf, and one sister, Marion Isbell, both of Iowa; 6 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and 6 step-great-grandchildren.    He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Raechel Raish.    A memorial fund has been established.


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